We want to give you an idea as to what shape healthcare may take in future based on the ongoing research. However, it may take decades before these treatment modalities and/or discoveries are actually proven useful and are widely available.
Insulin restoring is possible now in type 1 diabetes years?
More than seven million people suffer from diabetes in Pakistan. And five to 10 percent of them suffer from type 1 diabetes. They have to inject insulin in their body on daily basis. But there is good news for them; researchers at the University of California and Yale have found solution for the disease. They collected around two to four million immune cells from a patient’s blood and replicated them in a laboratory. After this, they injected billions of immune cells back into the body which boosted insulin production and prevented the need for daily injections. The scientists have treated 14 patients so far. And the therapy results have shown that it is safe and can last up to one year.
Prostate cancer test is reliable if done twice
The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is a test which is done to screen prostate cancer. A team of researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, Canada, have discovered that repeating the test increases its reliability, reducing unnecessary biopsies by 60 percent. The research team reviewed the medical records of 1,268 men who had an abnormal (high) PSA test result. The test was done again and in 25 percent of these men, the second PSA test came back normal. Only 28 percent of men with conflicting test results underwent a biopsy compared to 62 percent of men who had two abnormal test results, representing a 60 percent reduction in biopsies.
E-cigarettes flavoring chemical linked to lung disease
Some people think that e-cigarettes are harmless and they can be smoked for getting rid of traditional smoking. But unfortunately diacetyl, a flavoring chemical found in these cigarettes can cause severe respiratory disease like bronchiolitis obliterans, in which airway gets obstructed. It is commonly known as “popcorn lung” because it first appeared in workers who inhaled artificial butter flavor in microwave popcorn processing facilities. The chemical was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids. These cigarettes were tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Two other related, potentially harmful compounds were also found in many of the tested flavors.